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by Ryan Snyder

Electrified Afrocana and dubstep-tinged reggae? It works wonderfully when Toubab Krewe and John Brown’s Body join up at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday. CFBG brings San Franciscans Owl with locals Irata and Drag Souds. Greene Street Club has Lovecraftian horror meets Pinterian absurdity by Canadian electro-goths the Birthday Massacre with darkwave and aggrotech support by William Control, Aesthetic Perfection and Creature Feature. For jamgrass with delicate overtones of Dirty South, there’s Brushfire Stankgrass at Foothills Brewery.

‘Tis the season of giving, so open up the wallets for a Hurricane Sandy benefit at the Blind Tiger on Thursday featuring Malian soul Mamadou’s Fantastic Band, a band practically born from the Rolling Stone’s “Country Honk” in the Grand Ole’ Uproar, groovy jazz rock from the Walking Streets and folk songwriter Jeremy Gilchrist.

Durham country-pop outfit Delta Rae are a huge freaking deal, or at least that’s the plan, and they play the Blind Tiger on Friday with the Wildflowers. There’s centuries of tradition in the sounds of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, who complete the Afrobeat trifecta at the Green Bean with Laila Nur supporting. The Bayonets may be shelved indefinitely, but Caleb Caudle’s solo debut Tobacco Town will be on display at the Garage with help from Haley Dreis, David Childers and Over Mountain Men. Aspiring Winston- Salem pop-punk outfit Finding Atlantis drop their debut album with the NORM at Ziggy’s, while Almost Kings never apologize for party rocking at Bucked Up Saloon. How much noise can a gutstring guitar and a bullhorn make? Dolly Rocker Ragdoll has the answer at the Flatiron.

Faithful “Treme” viewers, all four of you, Neville progeny Ivan brings the hellacious grooves of Dumpstaphunk to the Blind Tiger on Saturday with Doby supporting. Herdies untie for Donna the Buffalo at Ziggy’s, but come early for Danger Muffin, whose latest Olly Oxen Free took home Charleston City Paper’s Best Album of 2012. Carl Anderson and Laura Boswell at the Green Bean.

Christmas with a side of singed retinas?

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra reign yuletide hellfire at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday. My bad on the premature Young Fletcher bump last week, but he’s definitely playing at Ziggy’s, while swamp-folk songwriter Beth McKee comes to Krankies.

The Flatiron has Supreme Mathematics 101 by HustleDaGod on Tuesday, while there’s island grooves in December by Jay D. Clark, Matt Irie, Treehouse, Of Good Nature and Sun Dried Vibes at the Blind Tiger.

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